2016 Fed IT Profile: Northrop Grumman

Federal IT Top 100 Rank: No. 5

$3.21 billion 


Federal IT executive: Kathy J. Warden, president, Northrop Grumman Information Systems division

Northrop Grumman is well known for developing advanced unmanned aircraft and vehicles systems, cybersecurity platforms and logistics systems for civil, defense and intelligence agency customers, as well as the private sector. Its Information Systems division, however, provides a variety of IT support in the form of health technology, data analysis, network operations and management and cybersecurity.

Overall, Northrup Grumman reports its U.S. government customer base accounts for $6.5 billion. After removing non-IT related revenues, IDC Government Insights estimates the company generated $3.21 billion in revenues from the sale of IT products and services to the federal government during the government’s fiscal year 2015, making the company No. 5 in the 2016 Federal IT Top 100 rankings. (Read the full story here.)

Kathy J. Warden, corporate vice president and president of the IS division, sees growing opportunities in the international market for Northrop’s expertise in large-scale, mission-critical systems; command, control and communications; cybersecurity and identity management; security and intelligence; health systems; and enterprise infrastructure.

The company recently collaborated with NEC Corp., which specializes in IT and network technologies, to deliver the Japan-Cyber Operations Research, Training and Experimentation, a private, cloud-based cyber range that quickly and effectively emulates customers' environments for the purpose of testing and training. Northrop officials say the goal of the program is to build trusted partnerships with the Japanese government.

Among recent U.S. federal contracts, the company received a $600 million U.S. Missile Defense Agency modification to an existing ballistic missile defense system contract. The modification increases the total estimated maximum contract value to $3.85 billion. The contract modification covers IT operations, maintenance and infrastructure development.

Also, Northrop was one of eight companies awarded an engineering services contract for the Advanced Technology Support Program IV, which is contracted by the Defense Microelectronics Activity. The contract has a total potential value of $7.2 billion and will be carried out over the next 10 years. The program is designed to enable quick react contracting to facilitate technology transformation in Defense systems.

— Richard W. Walker

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